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Shriya Saran's external beauty made me approach her: Chandra director Roopa Iyer

Written by: Prakash Upadhyaya

Roopa Iyer, the director of Chandra, amidst being busy with the last-minute promotions of the movie, spoke to Oneindia about the movie. Here are the excerpts from the interview:

Is Chandra a period fantasy?
It is a modern day story and not a period-fantasy. The story is about a princess of the last generation. The last generation from the Royal families struggle to adapt to the normal social life. If you visit their homes, you could notice that they are traditional and follow their ancestors' lifestyle even today. But from the other end, for them, leading normal life is highly difficult as they can neither live like us nor have the luxury of leading a life like kings. My story revolves around this aspect and a beautiful love story in the Royal family.

How was the idea of Chandra born?
When I used to meet people from Royal families, a thought on their lifestyle and their struggles struck my mind. It made me to make a research about such families. I also realised that they are just like us at the core. Alike us, they too fall in love when they come across a manly or energetic person who meets all their demands.

Is it about a particular Royal family?
No, it is not about a specific family. When we take into account of all those royal families, there were love marriages just like our Mysore Samsthan. So, Kings from other places have found love when they travel and conquer other Kingdoms. So, my story does not talk about a particular family.

You are into art films; what made you shift gears?
I just made one art film! That does not mean that I am into art films. (Laughs)

Why did you take so long after your Mukha Puta?
Mukha Puta was not just a film, it was my life. It was not just any other movie that was made to make money. The movie was related to life. We have sent the movie to more than 18 countries and it was internationally appreciated. My intention was to reach all HIV homes in all districts. However, the ultimate purpose has not been served. I may have got awards, but it has not given life to those kids. However, I took the break because I wanted to come up with a quality product. Hence, I justify the delay.

Your eye for minute details is visible...
I dreamt of every single scene before the movie hit the floors. As a result, I even took the mantle of designing the costumes and art direction. When it comes to the cast, I had imagined Prem Kumar and that's the same reason I roped him to play the lead role. However, the heroine was to be changed for some reasons and we zeroed in on Shriya Saran.

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